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473 Ratings

Eyes Wide Open

Einaym Pkuhot

Directed by Haim Tabakman
Israel, France, 2009
Drama, Romance, LGBT+


Aaron, an Orthodox Jew who lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children, meets a homeless young student, Ezri, and offers him work at his butcher shop. The two men grow close and their attraction becomes sexual. But when the truth gets out, there are serious repercussions for his transgression.

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Eyes Wide Open Directed by Haim Tabakman
It’s so tempting to treat “Eyes Wide Open” as the preposterous melodrama that it easily could have been, but Tabakman manages to make a well composed, unemphatic, and fleet-footed drama out of the overheated material.
February 04, 2010
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Its scrupulous, humane sympathy gives this small, sorrowful film a glow of insight and a pulse of genuine, openhearted curiosity. It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.
February 04, 2010
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It wins with excellent performances: Strauss never overplays his character’s internal tension, nor does Danker camp up his youthful virility. Cinematographer Alex Schneppat frames the film gorgeously, and Tabakman knows where the occasional showy effect can be inserted for emphasis.
February 02, 2010
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